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Santa came a little early this year.

I guess it pays being a good big boy this year. I must say that I must have done something right this year to deserve the gift I had just received from the good people at CGC. I have to admit over the past few years I was frustrated along with other collectors with some of the things that CGC was changing with their company such as changing their modern tier from 1975 to 1980 and with their slower turn around times with higher prices and not so friendly staff at the shows, but this past year that all seems to have faded away with friendlier staff and faster turnaround times with reasonable prices on grading. I just received in the mail today a returned submission from the NYCC this past October and to my surprise I almost fainted when I opened the box and saw my ASM #148 come back a 9.8! I was in total shock considering that when I submitted it there were only 6 in the registry in this grade so this would be lucky number 7. I had recently saw on eBay one had just sold for $2500 so I was really shocked that this book was in such high demand and rarity in this high grade but I have no intentions of selling this bad boy in the near future but to rather join its high grade friends in my collection. Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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12/22/2015

Getting Joy from disappointment.

Today I'm happy again. Back in March of this year I posted on to the journal about my trip to the AC/BC comic con and about how I paid for a V.I.P experience with my family to meet Stan Lee for a photo op and signature with the legendary writer and creator of Spider-man. I recall asking my fellow CGC'ers for your advice on which book I should have him sign. Unfortunately Stan Lee cancelled but the Organisers of the show failed to inform the fans who were attending the show that he wasn't going to be there. So you can imagine my dissapointment and frustration considering I purposely skipped going to WW Philly because of the AC/BC con. Never doing that again.   Even though I was dissapointed I decided to make the most of it, so instead of having Stan Lee sign my ASM #16 & #121 I decided to give them to CGC and have them pressed and re-graded. My ASM#16 was a 6.5 and the 121 was an 8.5 so I had a feeling if I gave them in I would get a better grade and I did! My #16 came back a 7.0 & 121 came back a nice 9.2 so kudos to CCS off gif great work! Thanks for reading. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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11/17/2015

 

Will this finally be the year?

And the countdown begins. For the past 3 years I have been trying so hard to complete my Marvel vs DC set in the competitive set category and it seemed like an uphill battle all the way. At first I hand picked every copy including the free preview issue and submitted them to CGC for grading waaaay back when. I was very happy when they all came back 9.8 except the free preview issue which received an 8.5 but that's fine as long as I had it graded I was happy until that dreadful day when XXpheonix knocked me out of first place by boasting about it in one of his journals by getting a higher grade on it. I started to think I was never going to be able to retain the first place position again until I came across a really nice copy of marvel vs DC preview so I submitted it to CGC hoping for atleast a tie but low and behold a 9.8! So now wing it's the only 9.8 copy in existence I felt like this is the wholey Grail of all comics in that category that is. But that just wasn't enough to win anything big from CGC except for a worthy notation on the boards. I decided to step it up a bit the following year and have them all signed by Stan Lee at NYCC and Peter David and Joe Rubenstein. Ok great so I gave them to Desert winds to crack out for me and give them in to be signed except for the free preview issue because there was no way in Hell that book will ever be touched by human hand other than in its CGC slab. So off they go for Cracking, signing and regrading. Mind you all 4 were 9.8's when submitted to Desert winds but that wasn't the case when they came back. When I saw the grades my heart sand so deep I needed to get miners to bring it back up. Ok so these were the new grades with sigs now on them Marvel vs DC #1 9.8 ss #2 9.4 #3 9.8 and #4 9.6. So what do I do? I submitted them to CCS for pressing. So off they go with my fingers crossed hoping they can press them back to their original state. The submission was semi successful where as my #4 cam back to its original 9.8 glory but the #2 only received a 9.6! Really big bummer but that's ok because I found another 9.8 copy CGC graded and cracked it open and submitted it to NY Comics to get Stan Lee's signature on it again. I figured NY Comics would handle it better than Desert winds right? WRONG! NY Comics didn't do it either and again a 9.4! What the hell do I have to do to get a 9.8 on this book!?! So I submitted it again to CCS for pressing and let me just say I explained the situation to them over the phone and pointed out the defects to them by submitting a copy of the graders notes that I paid $5 for so that they can focus on where to press it the best. They did it fast and they did it perfectly! CGC also graded it quickly and behold finally a 9.8! The set is complete and ready to compete! Now all I hope for is that the judges see it and I will hopefully get the prestigious award of being either best presented or best modern set. I'm keeping my mangers crossed because the competition is feirce this year but I'll keep hope alive! Thanks for reading. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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05/29/2015

 

AC/BC Comic Con

It was a mixed bag. Hi all! Just wanted to say thank you all again fo your feedback and suggestions for which book I should use to give to Stan Lee to sign, however it was all in vein due to Stan Lee canceling a week before the show. I had actually heard the bad news from a CGC employee because I had called CGC to ask some questions on how to obtain a witness for the signing and he told me the bad news. I'm not mad at CGC one bit because you don't blame the messenger nor am I upset with Stan Lee. The man is in his 90's and is in the twilight of his years. However I put the entire blame on the organizers of AC/BC for not promptly issuing refunds for the cancellation and sending out notifications via e-mail to people who had purchased tickets to see Stan Lee. Very wrong on their part and very sneaky because I overheard people say they came all the way to Atlantic City just to meet Stan Lee as I did because I never would have attended this show and have not skipped WW Philly but I couldn't afford two shows in 1 week. The show itself was mediocre at best. It wasn't too crowded which is great for me and had a decent amount of celebs signing autographs but only a hand full of comic book dealers so the pickin's were slim but I managed to find a nice copy of avengers annual #10 for a friend of mine for $40 so that was good in a way. Marvel had a booth and stage set up in the middle of the show and I was able to get a few copies of Secret wars #1 AC/BC variant. But other than that nothing really wowed me there as side from a few hotties dressed up as marvel characters. The people who ran the Stan Lee museum did offer a refund for the signing in the form of vouchers which can be used towards the purchase of some Stan Lee items that he signed and were graded by cgc but there wasn't anything there that was the value of the voucher do you still had to pay at lease $100 or more out of pocket which I wasn't planning on doing cause it was all waaaaaaay overpriced to begin with. So I decided to just stick with my refund which I'm still waiting for.   On a lighter note I did stop by the cgc booth and submitted some books for pressing and regrading and the girl who helped me was great and so polite and helped make markings on the cases for CCS to concentrate on where the defects were in order to get the most out of pressing my books. Thumbs up to CGC for their help. So all in all I was very dissapointed with the whole show and will def not be attending it again. Lesson learned to just stick with what you know and not go to these pop up shows again. Thanks for reading. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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05/19/2015

I need you feedback Pt. II

The results are in. I just want say Thank you to all the people who contributed their ideas and opinions to my Journal post the other day and the outpouring support and ideas from all of you made me see how great this hobby really is and that's why I love it so much. As I was going through my CGC boxes of my early ASM's I took them out one by one from my first box starting with número uno. I looked at it for a minute and thought about it and thought about what SW3D mentioned and it was a good point so I put it to the side and decided to pick out two more. My limit was from #1-50 so then I looked at my #16 which came recommended by Hammershipdown. Also a great suggestion and so I put it to the side with the no.1 and finally I picked #20 and pulled it to the side with the others and looked at all 3 side by side and it just came to me that #16 was the most sentimental one to me because of the fact that it was one of my fist silver age comics I had purchased of ASM and that I hand picked it out back in 2008 at the Big Apple con. I paid $150 for it from a dealer named Dave from Northcoast Nostalgia who is Originally from Cleveland Ohio. I was fairly new to CGC and I had submitted it right there at the show. The book came back a 6.5 which I thought was great considering I bought it for a great price and it still is a great book. So Amazing Spider-man #16 has been chosen to be my issue of choice to be signed by Stan Lee this Sunday at the Altantic City comic con and of course graded by CGC but I think I will have it pressed by CCS after the signing to possibly get a better grade because I would love it if the book would be at least a 7.0 when it comes back to me. Once again I want to thank you all for the great suggestions and of course I will be keeping you all posted in the future with all the results and progress of the signing and grading of the the comic and of course the final grade with some pics to follow. Thanks for reading. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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05/12/2015

 

I need your feedback.

Caught up in a dilemma. This Friday I will be attending the first ever Atlantic City Boardwalk Comic Con. I am bringing the family to this event so I won't be hitting the Blackjack tables at Ceasars..... but I did manage to get complimentary rooms for that weekend so I'm happy about not having to spend money on that and use it for AC/BC. I purposely missed Wizard World Philly this year which I attend every year in order to attend the show in Atlantic City even though it meant missing out on getting signatures from one of my all time favorite Punisher artists Mike Zeck but I weighed the option and said to myself that having a Photo Op and signature from Stan Lee will be much more worth it which I purchased off the website. I already have his signatures on my other books which is great but I had them all signed through an outside company that submitted my books to him for me and that's great and everything but it's just not the same as meeting him in person. So here is my Dilemma in which I need my fellow CGC'ers to help me with and that is which Amazing Spider-man issue I want to have signed by him because I just can't decide which one to give him. Being that I have every issue of Amazing spider-man from #1 till now it's hard to decide which one I want to present to him for signing. I have considered giving him my ASM #129 or My #121 but I still can't decide so I am relying on you to help me figure it out and I will be tallying your votes. Thanks for reading. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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05/11/2015

I hit the Trifecta!

I never thought it would happen but then......... I actually manged to get all 3 issues of ASM #'s 149, 150 & 151. It took me almost 3 years to get all 3 of these clone story issues in 9.8 was so difficult and the feeling Of satisfaction that I have finally completed them is pure Utopia. I had picked up the 151 over the summer from Heritage auctions and finally had found the 149 on Comic Link. I know I way overpaid for the 149 & 151 by double compared to what GPA had listed and I'm not surprised due to their rarities in the comic market as of late but it's over now and I am just glad that I have them and will be pulling back on the buying for a while..... I hope. This addition has really made my ASM collection really stand out but I digress there are way better sets than mine so I can only dream of hitting that #1 spot in the registry some day. Thanks for reading. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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03/16/2015

Punisher crossovers

Will I get them all? It's been a while since my last journal so I have much to contribute to the comic collecting world. I just want to start off by saying I hope everyone's new year is starting off great like mine is. In this new year I have set a goal and that is to get every early Punisher appearance in Amazing Spider-man vol.1 in CGC 9.8. I have always liked the Punisher character since my first purchase of the Punisher limited series back in 1985. I loved Mike Zeck art especially the way he drew the Punisher. I think I have somewhat of a connection to the Punisher being that he was created the year I was born in 1974 so maybe that's even more of a reason I have an obsession to get every early appearance of him. I am about 90% done in completing this goal being that I currently have an ASM #129 in 9.4 and an ASM#135 in 9.2. with my current acquisition of ASM#202 cgc 9.8 which are only 29 in existence in 9.8 I am very confident I can complete my collection within the year. Thanks for reading. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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01/20/2015

 

Auction Egos.

I'm still scratching my head why? Last night I was on eBay bidding on a comic that I needed to nearly complete a set I am building. The title and price are unimportant but the story behind the whole auction is so here goes. About a week ago I was on eBay searching for CGC graded books when the book in question popped up and it was an auction style listing. The book was CGC graded 9.8 universal with Off white to white pages with a shipping fee. Now there was another book just like it on eBay but CBCS graded 9.8 with white pages with free shipping but as a buy it now price. I said to myself ok this is good right? I'll will bid on the CGC auction because I'm sure it will go for less that the CBCS because it has OW/W pages and it has a shipping charge right? So I placed a bid the last day of the action for the book and my bid was just under a $1 of what the other buy it now price was of the CBCS graded book was. There was still a few hours left to the action so I went out to do things around town and just randomly checking on the auction status. I had had noticed little increments bids going up but nothing near half of what the buy it now price was and what I had bid. Fast forward now to the last few seconds of the auction the book is holding at the same price it had been for the last 2 hours and I thought oh yeah this book is mine right? Wrong! I had been outbid by a sniper bidder in the last few seconds of the auction not only by 1 but 2 bidders. I was a bit dissapointment and more shocked than anything. How could an equally graded book but with worse page quality book with a shipping fee of over $12 go for more than an equally grade but better page quality book with free shipping go for more? It just doesn't make sense unless egos are involved here and they just want to feel good that someone else was denied the chance to own it. I don't know I don't have the answer cause it still baffles me. Thanks for reading and have a great new year! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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12/29/2014

 

Is it just in the mind?

What if you didn't know? Then what? It's been a while since I posted up here because of my hectic schedule but I can finally catch my breath and post up here on the boards for all you good collectors such as myself.       NYCC was great this year even though I missed out on getting to see Tnerb at the show and saying hi. I was also very dissapointed in not being able to see Stan Lee or Todd Mcfarlane and have them sign my Amazing Spider-man #300. That was the biggest bummer of all so I gave the book to NY Comics to get the sigs for me. Not the way I hoped to get them but it will have to do.       As I was browsing the NYCC for graded books to add to my collection I was haggling with sellers over books and pointed out that if they would give me the book for a certain price in respect that I can get it on ebay for a better price than what they were offering it for at the show. I was willing to pay cash and pay the same price as on eBay and I even proved it to them on my iPhone. But none the less the seller wouldn't budge so I joyfully walked away and kept searching for a better deal. What book was it you may ask? It was the Killing Joke 1st print CGC 9.8. The seller wanted $175 for it And I offered him $125 and actually wound up getting it for an even $100 on eBay so it was worth it not buying it at the NYCC.       This brings me to the question of Page Quality and the declaration of it on the CGC labels regardless of the color whether it be yellow or blue, purple etc. The page quality is always stated and that's great to know. I also noticed the desirability of a book due to having white pages as opposed to off white to white which to me isn't a big deal but I guess it is to some collectors. That is also a deciding factor when it comes to values on the open market. For example: There are two books equally graded at 9.8 one book has white pages and the other with off white to white pages. The book with the white pages will sell for more because of it. Now my question is what if you didn't know? Then what? What if CGC didn't put page quality on the lable and only put the grade? Then how would you know? Or better yet how would you place the value of it? You would solely base your buying decision on the posted grade and that's it. After all you can't see the pages once the book is sealed, all you can see is the front and back cover. So I think it's more of a mental issue of rather you just knowing the page quality than actually seeing it. That actually can drive the cost up of a book having white pages but I am more concerned about the grade rather than page quality and if I can get a nice graded 9.8 comic for less I don't mind the page quality at all.       Thanks for reading. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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10/22/2014

Testing, testing 1-2-3.2

And the winner is? Ok so as you all know from those who have read my previous journals on the speed and accuracy of CGC and CBCS aka (TOC). I had conducted a test of three points 1. Price 2. Turn around time and 3. Grading accuracy.       I submitted 2 copies of ASM #1 Vol. 3 one copy to CGC and the other to CBCS to see if the new kid on the block has what it takes to keep up with the already established CGC. I graded both books at a 9.8 with no doubt in my mind that they both achieve the same grade by using CGC's grading standards. I scanned both books with a fine tooth comb so to speak just to be 110% certain leaving nothing to chance.       Both books were shipped by me using the same shipping by USPS priority mail and received by CGC and CBCS on the same days.   Ok so to start off CGC won in price by a few dollars in total but none the less still cheaper than CBCS.       CGC wins in accuracy of grading so far because the comic has been graded a 9.8 so they are on point with their modern grading accuracy.       And finally turnaround time where CGC has won in that category as well! Surprised? I am too but here's the kicker it was graded and shipped safe within exactly 20 business days! Just like it used to be! Your results may vary however but none the less CGC has won in all 3 of my categories! Looks like I'll be keeping my business right here at CGC comics after all.       Thank you all for reading and have a great weekend. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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09/12/2014

 

Testing, testing 1-2-3.1

Look who pulls ahead. So here we are at business day #19. Both my ASM's have been at both graders and to my shock and surprise CGC has actually pulled waaaaay ahead of TOC in grading my book! CGC has already graded my ASM #1 (mile high variant) and is in the next stage which is quality controlwhile TOC still only has it "In Safe". As they call it which is equal to CGC's version of received. Hmmm I wonder? Has CGC finally improving on their modern turnaround times due to the lack of modern submissions going to TOC? Or are they just truly caught up? I can't answer that because I'm just speculating either way if I get my book back in less than 3 months I'm a winner regardless of who beats who but I still want to see who's the fastest. I can't wait to have them both back and take a picture of them side by side and post it on the boards. Hopefully it won't be deleted.       Thanks for reading. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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09/03/2014

 

Just my darn luck

It had to happen to me. Ok so if you recall in my previous posts on the submission and turn around time race between CGC and CBCS oh wait is it safe to use their name or should I start referring to them as "that other company"?...       So I submitted 2 exact modern books ASM#1 (mile high variants) 1 copy to cgc and 1 to that other company to see who will grade them accurately and have them back in my hands the fastest.       Well both CGC and TOC (that other company) posted they were recieved on August 7th. CGC still only has it as recieved which I'm not really surprised about and TOC has it as "in safe".   Based on TOC's stated promise of a 15 day guaranteed turnaround time it looks like they aren't sticking to their promise. At first I thought maybe something was wrong with my order so I called TOC to check on my order and I spoke to someone there to see what's going on because TOC had already exceeded their promised turnaround time by 2 business days already. The person I spoke to was very polite and stated they were running a bit behind on moderns at the moment, I guess because they were set up at shows taking submissions duh and he stated that if the book exceeds a certain amount of days past the turnaround time they would give me a 20% credit on a future submission which is all good and well but I would rather have had the book back sooner than later. So as of now the speedy TOC isn't as speedy in turnaround times as declared but none the less it's still too early to tell what will be till I get both books back in my hands to make that judgement call. None the less leave it to my darn luck to have just 1 lousy modern book to be graded and have it held up for book traffic.       Thanks for reading. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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08/29/2014

 

ASM #151

Ask and ye shall receive! For years I have owned an Amazing Spider-man #151 raw copy and never thought about getting it graded because it wasn't in the best shape, more like a 5.5 - 6.0. That's not an acceptable grade for my standards of collecting ASM's.       I would search the web for decent grades of this book and couldn't find this book in 9.8 anywhere! Yes I know there are only 10 in CGC 9.8.   It's a tough book to find in high grade due to the dark cover.       I finally found one and paid a pretty penny for it just recently at an online auction and considering the financial setback it was a great buy in my opinion.   I basically tapped into my NYCC fund that I set aside during the year but this was a rare find and couldn't pass it up! An ASM #151 CGC 9.8 with OW/W pages is great for me. I'm not concerned about page quality but rather the grade is more important to me, after all you can't see the inner pages once the comic is encapsulated right?       As soon as I get the book I will post up pics.       Thanks for reading. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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08/16/2014

 

Enough with the Death's already!

Wolverine going down for the count? I don't think so. Ok so if your a Marvel Comics reader I'm sure you have seen the advertisements at your local comic shop or online or on ebay auctions about the so called death of wolverine. C'mon really!?!       After DC in the 90's pulled this stunt where they boasted the death of Superman which was the greatest marketing scam DC ever pulled where people waited on line for hours to get a copy of Superman and thinking they were going to hit the jackpot! Then later on Marvel copies that with the death of Capt. America and Thor and the Human Torch and Spiderman from the regular and Ultimate verse and DC doing it with multiple Robins, Batman and earlier in Crisis with Super girl and the Flash and other minor characters from both DC and Marvel. They all were brought back and the death is totally bogus!       I'm totally bored with this already used marketing stunt on both sides of the Marvel and DC universe with the lack of good writing ideas to have to resort by killing off a popular character and then bringing them back in a year or so! Really? That's so original? Give me a freakin break already and come up with something new that will really excite the readers rather than resorting to old marketing tactics which any seasoned collector will know that this bogus death of Wolverine which is one of marvels best selling characters to kill him off and risk losing all that money from selling wolverine comics and crossover appearances? We all know they will bring him back within a year or so and I'm cool with that but I'm just fed up with all this death stuff where Marvel and DC are not even trying anymore and think we are fools.       Thanks for reading. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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08/09/2014

 

Testing, Testing 1-2-3.0

It has begun! Ok so as you all know who read my previous journal (Tnerb)... and the rest of the great CGC journal readers out there in cyber-land. I'm conducting a comparison test between CGC & CBCS in 3 Categories 1.Price 2.Accuracy 3.Turnaround times which include my expenses to ship them both to Florida.       As of August 7th both CGC & CBCS have posted that they have received the identical ASM #1 Mile High variant, 1 copy for each grading company.       So as of now I will post the next update in the progress from each company.       Who do you think will win the the race?       Thanks for reading. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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08/08/2014

 

Waiting for Legends

Will they ever come? A few weeks back I e-mail CGC in regards to adding a new registry set to the mix. I requested CGC to add the D.C LEGENDS 6 issue limited series from 1986-1987. I was very surprised at first to not see it in the registry as a competitive set. I particularly like this set because the art work was done by John Byrne and it was D.C's version of the New 52 in the 80's where they practically restarted every title aside from a few like Batman & Detective & Action comics & Green Lantern, It introduced the new Suicide Squad and Justice League#1, Flash#1, Superman#1 and others. I think this is a very nice set to add to the registry due to its significance in the history of the D.C franchise.       So hopefully CGC will add this set soon so that other collectors as myself can add their sets and share it with other collectors here on the boards.       Thanks for reading. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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08/05/2014

Testing, Testing, 1-2-3

The comparison begins here. So last night I signed up for my free membership as a collector for CBCS and I must say I enjoyed the simplicity and ease of getting started, infact it was very user friendly which I enjoyed very much. After completing the membership sign up I was debating on what to submit first. I decided to try something in terms of fair comparison or test of who will deliver the goods so to speak. Will it be the already proven CGC comics or newly established CBCS comics? This comparison reminds me of a Superman vs Flash race (Barry Allen) Flash. Which CGC would be Superman because they have been around longer and are stronger but not necessarily faster & CBCS is the Flash with their declared speedy turnaround times so here we go! I started my test with two (2) identical issues of ASM#1 vol.3 (mile high variant). I graded them accurately by CGC standards and determined them both to be 9.8's. However I did opt for the free prescreen from CBCS just to be sure.       So here's the break down both comics were packaged exactly the same in USPS priority mail boxes the cost of each book to send one to Sarasota & the other to St. Petersburg was equally the same from Brooklyn, NY was $5.54 each.   The total cost for my CGC modern Submission was $31.20 & my CBCS submission was an even $35 so I actually saved on the full price using CGC because I opted for UPS return shipping and CBCS offers FEDEX which is slightly higher but none the less still more pricey with a $3.80 difference going to CGC winning the cost debate minus the free prescreen given by CBCS. Now let's see who can grade them faster and accurately and have it back in my hands.   I will post the progress in further journals.       Thanks for reading. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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08/04/2014

 

Business days vs. life days

Over 30 life days and counting So it's been over 30 calendar days since my 4 book moden submission at Wizard World Philly and my books still haven't even been verified. My books were posted as Recieved as of June 24 and since then not even verified. I guess it's true that show submissions are slower than mail in submissions because I guess the submission system seem to bottle neck and slows down the process of verification. All I can say is that I understand the estimated turn around time for moderns is 40+ business days but that's just ridiculous in my opinion. Let's face it you life is not based on business days because after all do you stop living on weekends and holidays and then just start up again? No I think not so I just wanna say to CGC let's step it up because CBCS is knocking at the door and will take over if these slow turnaround times continue.   No offense to the CGC employees, I'm sure you guys are working very hard and as fast as you can but something has to change to improve turnaround times and quality control.       Just venting I guess.       Thanks for reading To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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07/25/2014

 

Enough with the Signaters!

They're everywhere! And not even rare! Seriously there are just too many Stan lee's, Dan Slott, Ramos, Ramita etc out there it's not even funny anymore! I can find a Blue Label on the moderns I'm looking for that I don't want a signature on! I don't need their signatures on everything. I have many Stan Lee's signatures on many of my books and not looking for anymore. It's not even rare anymore when everyone and their grandmother is peddling signatures on ebay for ridiculously high prices to make a big profit and then they just sit there being held hostage by the seller asking a ridiculously insane price. Can I just get my moderately priced blue labels and not have all these yellows overloading my searches on ebay? Take a hint guys enough is enough! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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07/07/2014

 

On the road to Philly.

I going to meet a childhood hero of mine at Wizard world Philly. After spending a week organizing and debating on what books to be submitted at the show with my CGC coupon, I decided to submit my ASM#'s 135, 136, 149, and 150. Theses are all currently graded 9.4 and I will be submitting them for pressing first then over to the graders. I was going over the list of artists, writers and celebs that will be at the show and one name caught my attention and that person is Lou Ferrigno. I would like to get my Incredible Hulk #200 signed by him in Green ink and take a photo op with him as well. The reason is that I have things in common with Lou aside from watching him in the TV show the Incredible Hulk in the 80's. Both Lou and I grew up in Brooklyn NY in pretty much the same area and his dad was a member of the NYPD such as myself so I think I would like to talk to him a bit about that as well as get a SS on my Incredible Hulk #200. On another note I will be meeting up with the one and the only Tnerb at Philly also and maybe I'll bring my new mutants#1 to the show and have my man Tnerb sign it and submit it to cgc for a SS also...... I hope he doesn't charge me for the sig. Thanks for reading and see you all in Philly. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

DBoy

DBoy

06/18/2014

 

Not gonna make it.

The registry awards will have to wait till next year I guess. Well as of today I saw that my Marvel vs. DC #2 & #4 signature series was finally graded! I had these books signed by Stan the man Lee @ NYCC in 2013. They were 9.8 CGC graded and I cracked them out for the sigs and they came back 9.6 and 9.4. I wasn't happy that they dropped from 9.8 so I sent them in to CCS for pressing. On 4/17 CGC posted them as received from CCS. As of today 6/4 they are finally graded! Yeay! Right? Well lets not pop the Champaign cork just yet. The books still have to be in Quality control for about another week or 2 then finally be shipped safe. So in terms of adding them to my registry set are going to be slim to non because I doubt they will make it back in time for me to add them to my set and to take photos and to post the photos to the registry set. Even though I still hold the top spot in the registry for this set already I was still hoping on improving this set with making a complete signature series except for the Marvel vs DC previews issues where I hold the only 9.8 in existence and I'm not messing with that grade not even for a signature. Thanks for reading. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

DBoy

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06/04/2014

 

CGC vs. CBCS

And the mystery begins of what will it be. It's been a while since I posted up on the boards and just have been reading here from time to time due to my move from the big city to the burbs. I have been reading the latest posts and I am too excited and looking forward to CBCS as becoming a competitor to the comic grading and certification market. We all need to consider this and that is that we must understand that we need to differentiate the difference between our love and drive and nostalgic hold over our collections and the individual books and the memories of how we acquired them and about the story behind where we obtained them. Basically the who, where, when, why and how and of course how much. That's all good and well but when it comes down to the nitty gritty we are all just customers to the machine and the machine is CGC and soon to be CBCS. They are here to grade our books not for the love of the hobby but to make a dollar and a cent. I remember speaking to an employee at the CGC booth a few years ago, I don't remember her name nor do I really care but I asked her if she worked for CGC because she liked comics and she said not really. Now I'm not saying that every employee at CGC doesn't like comics but what I'm driving at is that it comes down to being just a job for most and that is how we need to look at it. I'm sure we all would like our books back in a timely manner but enough is enough. CGC tried to improve its turnaround times to a quicker return and somewhat has but like any corporation it will never cut into its profits to appease the public and why should they? They have no real competition. Now with CBCS on the scene we are all hoping they will be our savior so to speak in getting our books back faster and with cheaper prices to lure us away from CGC's strangle hold over the market. This won't change anything on CGC's end quite as soon as we all think it will or put a scare into them at least not just yet. CGC has piles and piles of books just waiting to be graded so it's going to take a while for them to actually see the slowdown in submissions and when or if that happens that's when things will start to change on their end. Probably it will start in layoffs of graders who were recently added to keep up with the increase of submissions then probably faster turnaround times then some sort of discount or removal of fees such as the $5 handling fee or the direct submission fee. It all depends on what CGC's financial advisor tells them to do but don't expect to see these changes as soon as you think. These will take a while so just hang tight and see what the market dictates because we the consumers hold the key to the success or demise of these companies because without us they can't make it and we all need to remember that. As for eBay being a factor that remains to be seen on how people bid and compare it to prices for CBCS books and CGC books. Hopefully they will balance each other out well. Thanks for reading and enjoy the weekend. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

DBoy

DBoy

05/30/2014

I'm not Gonna Peek Part II

The Results are in....... So as you know from my previous post that I submitted my ASM #129 CGC graded 8.5 at the 2013 NYCC for pressing and grading. I cannot begin to even tell you about how excited I was about reading that it was on its way back to me from CGC and as you all know I didn't peek at the grade on line and exercised heavy and I mean really heavy restraint from peeking at the grade so the suspense was killing me! I almost felt like starting to smoke Marlboros again after quitting 8 years ago. So the UPS Delivery man came to the door and handed it over to me and I ran inside the house and put the box on the dining room table and sliced open the box with my trusty exacto knife. At that point I held my breath and closed my eyes and reached in the box and slowly took it out and opened my eyes and to my surprise it was the best surprise I've had in a long time. I screamed YEAH BABY WOOOOOOOO! The book jumped from an 8.5 to 9.4! This was so great, not just for me but for the value of the book as well. It was totally worth the investment. I would say my blind faith in CCS pressing paid off greatly. So until next time fellow readers and collectors I bid you all a farewell till next time and thanks for reading. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

DBoy

DBoy

03/19/2014

 

I'm not gonna peek!

It's on it's way back! Back in October at the NYCC I was debating on giving in my already CGC graded ASM #129 8.5 for pressing. On the last day of the show I decided to go for it, knowing well that the grade may not change but I had faith in CCS and their secret methods of pressing. So here we are 5 months later and I see in the the invoice it's the key word every CGC submitter loves to see and that is seeing it say shipped/safe. Now since I've waited this long for it I think I'm just going to patiently wait till the box comes to my house as I carefully open it and really have a pleasant surprise, hopefully. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed till then. Thanks for reading. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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03/07/2014